Postdoctoral Program


  Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities: VUSN Postdoctoral Fellowship - Application deadline February 1, 2020.

Application Process


The Postdoctoral Program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing is open to nurses who have completed a doctoral program (PhD) within the past five years and are able to locate to Nashville, TN.

Application Process

Required Application Components:

  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • A letter (1-2 pages) that describes professional career goals, reasons for pursuing postdoctoral education, goals for postdoctoral education, focus or area of research along with potential VUSN mentor and expectations for mentorship. In explaining why you selected a specific mentor please address how the selected mentor matches your proposed area of research. You are welcome to make personal contact with our faculty via email in order to help determine common research interests. It will also be helpful to include an anticipated date available to start.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation

Selection of fellows rests heavily on a strong match between the candidate and faculty mentor.

For any additional information, please contact the Program Manager.

Application Deadline

The completed application package (needs to include all the above materials) must be submitted before either February 1, 2020 or September 1, 2020. Please send application materials to

International Applicants

Applicants that are not United States citizens must be eligible for either an H-1B or J-1 Visa.

Academic Pathways Fellowship

VUSN Postdoctoral applicants also have the opportunity to apply for Academic Pathways Fellowships. Academic Pathways is a program designed to prepare recently graduated doctoral students (PhD, EdD, etc.) and/or a law degree (JD) for competitive academic careers. The need is particularly acute to develop faculty candidates who come from diverse racial, ethnic and other backgrounds and experiences, as differing experiences, views and perspectives are of exceptional value for academic institutions in their research and educational roles. Applications for this program are accepted once per year in the fall. More information.